Galleria Russo opens on Saturday, Nov. 6, the exhibition Duilio Cambellotti illustrator, curated by Fabio Benzi. “Cambellotti’s works, and in particular his illustrations (a genre with which he evidently shows the strongest elective affinity), draw on a timeless sphere where myth and everyday life go hand in hand, in which a singular mythopoetic capacity is able to elevate any image to a rank of primordial, absolute vision” (F. Benzi).
Ten years after the first exhibition, Galleria Russo re-proposes an anthological exhibition of wide-ranging, dedicated exclusively to one of the many aspects of the multifaceted activity of the artist Roman. On this occasion, in fact, the most impressive corpus of his activity as an illustrator, which begins at the opening of the 20th century with the plates for the Divine Comedy published by Alinari.
For the first time, the entire series of original tempera paintings from The Thousand and One Nights (1912) will be brought together, recently notified, as being of great artistic significance, by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Other illustrations on display include those belonging to the cycle of The Palio of Siena (1932), the series of covers for the Conquest of the Earth (1935-1939), the illustrations for the Gregorovius (1948-1950). Also in the catalog, introduced by a critical essay by Fabio Benzi, is the scientific cataloguing of the works. A limited edition box set is also being produced for this event, including also the two catalogs already published by Galleria Russo in 2001 and 2006.